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by Staff & Team reports | December 6, 2003
Snow continued falling Friday across the Tri-State region, taxing area emergency services with dozens of traffic accidents on interstate highways and local roads. A handful of people were taken to hospitals for scrapes and bruises. As the weather chilled Friday evening, the accident rate began climbing. While no serious accidents were reported within Hagerstown city limits by 7:30 p.m., drivers on roads throughout Washington County were finding treacherous conditions.
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September 16, 2012
Little things mean a lot, especially when it comes to helping the environment. Individuals have the power to make a difference environmentally - and it doesn't have to be difficult, expensive or time-consuming. That's a big part of the message behind Pollution Prevention Week, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday, according to Region 9 Clean Air Connection Program Coordinator Jenni Vincent. “It's an exciting time because state environmental officials tell us that no other community in West Virginia has observed this national week before, but lots of folks in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have really gotten behind making citizens aware of this important message,” Vincent said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 10, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Steve Allen says work has been progressing on developing a special response team that would respond to any terrorist attacks in the Eastern Panhandle. Allen is the director of the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services, the agency in charge of responding to a wide range of emergencies in the county. But Allen said despite the efforts, the burning question has been: Where is the equipment needed for such an attack?
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January 21, 2000
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer The first significant winter storm of the season blew through the Tri-State area Thursday, dropping from three to 10 inches of snow across the region, causing numerous vehicle accidents and closing schools. Schools in Washington County, as well as Franklin and Fulton counties in Pa., and in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in W.Va., called off classes Thursday. Classes at Penn State Mont Alto also were called off, a spokeswoman there said.
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by MARLO BARNHART | June 23, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Last year about this time, area fire officials were worried about how the newly legalized types of fireworks in Maryland were going to interact with drought conditions in the Tri-State area during the Fourth of July holiday. There were no major incidents last year, although there was some confusion over the new law in Maryland that allowed ground-based sparkling devices for the first time in 60 years. "We were taking fireworks off the shelves all over the place last year," said Wayne Smith, a Hagerstown fire marshal.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2012
Call it devine intervention. Electricity powering the freezers at Jules Frozen Custard stand at the edge of Apple Valley Shopping Plaza was out for eight hours after the violent June 29 wind storm, but the ice cream inside was saved from melting when it was taken to church. Doyle Collins, the stand's owner, took gallons of frozen mix and put it in the freezers at the Bunker Hill (W.Va.) Brethren in Christ Church, said Melissa Woodward, Collins' daughter-in-law, who was managing the stand Wednesday afternoon.
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by ROBERT SNYDER | March 10, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday approved buying 8.6 acres of land along Tabler Station Road to develop a new field operations headquarters for the county's emergency services and law enforcement operations. Response times in Berkeley County could improve significantly in the coming years with a new complex near Interstate 81 in the southern part of the county, officials said. The land, which would be bought from the county's Development Authority, is part of the future 326-acre Tabler Station Business Park.
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By AMY WALLAUER | February 1, 1998
Elks pay tribute to law, safety officers MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Cpl. John D. Vanorsdale Jr. was working at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department in May when he got a call about a little girl found along a road alone. It sounded like a typical lost child call. "When I got there, I find out she's been abducted, sexually assaulted and just dropped off by the side of the road," Vanorsdale said. He worked all night with the child and by morning, a suspect - a complete stranger - was in custody.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 9, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who has worked as a local firefighter and a Berkeley County arson investigation team member is the second person to be charged in an extortion case in which a man told police he was pressured to pay $13,000 after breaking off a sexual relationship with a woman, police said. Larry Eugene Talhelm, 55, has been charged with six counts of extortion and six counts of conspiracy to extort, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper N.A. Harmon said Sunday.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2012
Other than power outages that hit nearly half the homes and businesses in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, there were only a few reports of major structural damage from Friday night's thunderstorm, area emergency first responders told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin here Sunday afternoon. Tomblin, along with James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, and Jimmy Gianato, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for West Virginia, were on a six-county tour of the state to view damage and talk to the people who were first in line to handle emergencies created by the storm.
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